Capturing Multiple Looks In Your Portrait Sessions


Lesson Info

Live Shoot: Four Light Set Up

Whether you’re limited on time, location, or your subject’s focus- being able to provide your client with multiple looks can save them production costs and make them more inclined to book you again. Capturing multiple looks can provide editors with just the right options they need to fit a story. Portrait photographer Victoria Will will cover how to make the most out of your space, time and subjects enthusiasm during your session time. She’ll cover:

  • How to set up multiple backgrounds/looks in one space 
  • How to seamlessly direct your subject from look to look 
  • What type of variety to look for when setting up your space 



  • An compact look into the unique and highly successful style of a top portrait photographer. Through intense focus, interaction, and willingness to experiment, she can get in ten minutes what others could not get in an hour. A look at her website shows that her style produces photos with great action and life that seem to jump off the page, in contrast to the static and posed look that is so common. For a more complete look at how she works, and to stretch yourself, also take a look at her CreativeLive course, Portraits Under Pressure. Anyone that is trusted and paid to work with top celebrities–and can produce excellent portraits when given only ten minutes and a closet–has a lot to teach us.
  • This workshop was very necessary to me. I often work on a short time plans. Often I hang and I feel confused and unprepared. Messy place is always a surprise that pulls me down. Totally unnecessary. The workshop inspired me to broaden their knowledge about working with artificial light. And, of course, to buy a few portable backdrops to more interesting portraits.
  • There is not enough explanation of the vital role played by the assistants and what they are doing: they move lights, they take light readings with exposure meters. Clearly they know what they are doing as they have done this many times, but we the viewers can't second guess what they are doing and why. Nobody would quibble with the quality of the photos, but as a teaching experience Creative Live has let us down.. there should have been an editor asking the 'why did you do that' several times. The downside must be that the question would slow the shoot, but we have paid for teaching, not a demonstration. How were the base exposures for the shoot arrived at? Again obvious to the creatives in the shoot, but not to us. And as a teaching experience it needed a wrap up: So folks, you don't have photo assistants to help you, what can you do to make sure you are one step ahead of: changing the lighting, changing the set ups?